The Hannibal YMCA Hurricanes Swim Team competed over the weekend in the Ozark Swimming Long Course Championships at the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center in Edwardsville.

Five members of the Hannibal YMCA Hurricanes Swim Team competed over the weekend in the Ozark Swimming Long Course Championships at the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center in Edwardsville.

Ainsley Bennett, 12, led Hannibal by scoring points (top 16 finish) in all seven events. Bennett was a finalist (top 8) in six events and swam personal records in five preliminary events, besting three of those PRs again in the evening’s final session. Her highest finishes were a runner-up in the 100-meter backstroke (1:13.91) and a pair of thirds in the 50 free (29.87) and 50 back (34.12).

Also scoring in several events for the Hurricanes was 9-year-old Nora Wiley, who raced to a PR and ninth place in the 200 free (2:56.68). Wiley accumulated additional points in the 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly and 200 individual medley. Joining Wiley in the girls 10-and-under division was Olivia Johnson, who raced to a 14th place and a PR in the 200 free (3:06.49), dropping four seconds from her previous best.

Eleven-year-old Maddy Johnson notched PRs in the 50 (40.60) and 100 (1:26.04) backstrokes. Gabe Foster added four PRs of his own including the 400 free, in which he shattered his own team record by seven seconds to finish in 5:36.80, fast enough for a 14th-place finish.

The Hurricanes compete this Saturday in Pittsfield at the River Country Swim League Championships, where they will field a team of 16 swimmers.

The Hurricanes, the competitive swim team of the YMCA of Hannibal, offer a youth program designed to develop the skills, capacity, and self-confidence for a lifetime of safety and enjoyment around the water as well as for achievement at every level of ability and ambition.

Those interested in trying out are encouraged to contact head coach Neil Romney at neil.romney@ymcaofhannibal.com or 573-221-0586.